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Gerta S. Freeman Collection

Identifier: AR 11035


The collection contains Questionnaire I + II of the Austrian Heritage Collection at the Leo Baeck Institute. Also included are photocopies of various documents pertaining to Gerta Spiegel Freeman and her family in Vienna, Austria, such as education certificates, emigration documents, photographs, and others. Typescripts include Gerta Freeman’s autobiographical manuscript after her arrival in the United States in May 1938, and the transcript of an interview with her brother Harry Spiegel.


  • Creation: 1915-1999


Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011


Biographical Note

Gerta Freeman née Spiegel was born 1915 in Vienna, Austria. 1921 to 1926 she attended elementary school in the Ninth District, then moving on to "Reform Realgymnasium" in the Eighth District. She became an English Teacher in 1934/35. During her studies she was a member of the social democratic youth movement, particularly the socialist group "Rote Falken". Her brothers were politically active in the socialist organization ’Republikanischer Schutzbund’. Gerta left Vienna in April of 1938 for Switzerland and France (Paris). In May 1938 she took the ship "Britannic" from Le Havre to the USA, where she worked as a sales manager.


2 Folders

Other Finding Aid

Inventory in file


Austrian Heritage Collection, AHC 1243.
See also the AHC interview with Gerta Freeman, AHC 1243.
A videotape documenting Harry Spiegel’s activities in the Spanish Civil War and the Resistance in France during Nazi-German occupation has been removed to the LBI AV Collection.


Other identifiers include: MF 708.

Guide to the Gerta S. Freeman Collection, 1915-1999 AR 11035
© 2009
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is in English.

Revision Statements

  • April 2015:: dao links added by Emily Andresini.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States